Knowing the best hypoallergenic dog breeds is very important for people who suffer from allergies. After all, there is nothing worse than falling head over heels in love with your new emotional support dog only to realize that its presence sends you into a red, blotchy fit of itching and sneezing!
If you make sure you get one of the best ESAs for allergies, though, this will not be a problem. The best hypoallergenic dog breeds either don’t shed at all or barely shed, and therefore do not trigger an allergic reaction. Dogs with dense, curly coats are also great as hypoallergenic ESAs, because the hair they shed stays trapped in their coat until they are groomed.
If you are somebody who suffers from allergies, be sure you know which hypoallergenic ESA dogs will be best suited to you. Here are the 10 best hypoallergenic ESAs.
Hairless Chinese Crested
The Hairless Chinese Crested is one of the most hypoallergenic ESAs in the world. Many Hairless Chinese Crested dogs are completely hairless apart from a mane of long, flowing, Pamela Anderson-esque hair cascading from their heads. This long hair can be easily maintained and, provided it is groomed every few days, will not shed at all.
The best hypoallergenic dog breeds tend to have either no hair or tightly curled hair that stays in place until they are groomed. The Bichon Frise is a tiny and very cute ESA that falls into the second category. This fluffy little ball of good cheer and energy looks like a teddy bear and provides excellent company. Allergies will not be a problem with a Bichon Frise.
The Shih Tzu is one of the very best ESAs for allergies. Its hair is long, straight, and almost human-like. With regular brushing and grooming, an ESA Shih Tzu will not shed or cause allergic reactions.
The humble Yorkie is one of the very best hypoallergenic ESA dog breeds. Similar to the Shih Tzu, the Yorkshire Terrier has a thin, straight, human-like coat of hair that, if kept trimmed and groomed, will not shed. A properly looked after Yorkshire Terrier will not cause an allergic reaction.
Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Water Spaniel is no problem for people with emotional support animal allergies because it has no undercoat and its hair is tightly curled. This means any shed hair gets trapped in the coat until it is brushed out. If it is regularly groomed, an Irish Water Spaniel will not leave hair and dander lying around, so its owner will not sneeze.
The Komondor’s thickly woven “dreadlocks” barely shed, and when they do, the whole dreadlock comes off (which is rather difficult to inhale!). This makes the Komondor one of the best hypoallergenic ESA dog breeds for people with allergies.
Emotional support animal allergies will not be piqued by the presence of a Basenji. The Basenji has super-short, soft hair and it loves to clean and groom itself, so shedding and dander are not a problem.
Wire Fox Terrier
The Wire Fox Terrier is one of the best hypoallergenic ESA dog breeds. This cheerful, intrepid, cute (and always slightly geriatric-looking) little dog has a dense and wiry coat that only sheds when the animal is being groomed, so it is very suitable for ESA owners with allergies.
People with emotional support animal allergies can usually breathe an (uncongested) sigh of relief when in the delightful company of a Poodle. The Poodle’s curly hair sheds only lightly and the shed hair gets trapped in the coat until it is groomed. Your ESA Poodle’s allergy-friendly curly coat should be groomed very regularly, every day or so. This will unsure no sneezing while playing with your Poodle.
Bedlington Terriers are known to be one of the best ESAs for allergies because their woolly, tightly curled coat barely sheds at all. And what it does shed gets stuck in its dense coat. A Bedlington Terrier should have its coat brushed every day to avoid matting.
How to Choose the Right Hypoallergenic ESA for You
When choosing a hypoallergenic ESA dog, it is essential that you consider the size of your home, the climate of your region, and the amount of time and energy you can dedicate to playing and exercising with your emotional support dog.
Many dogs require vigorous daily exercise, and many dogs are not suited to living inside small homes. Make sure you get this right – always be certain that you can provide what a dog needs to live a happy, healthy life.
This list should help you to find the perfect hypoallergenic ESA dog for you, preventing the heartbreak of having to give back a lovable ESA that you’ve realized too late makes it impossible for you to stop sneezing and scratching!